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St. Pete center offers view of comet

By Times Wires
Published November 14, 2007


Move over Hale-Bopp. Astronomers around the world are marveling at how once-faint Comet 17P/Holmes experienced a sudden 2-millionfold increase in brightness Oct. 24.

The St. Petersburg Astronomy Club has organized a free viewing of the "once-in-a-lifetime" event Friday at the Science Center, 8 p.m. to midnight.

"It was this tiny little dim blob and something hit this that caused it to explode," said Dan Bricker, a club officer. "It's visible to the naked eye, even in the city if you know where to look, which is pretty good considering the light pollution."

See more details, like its shock wave shell and strange nucleus, with telescopes at the Science Center, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

[Last modified November 14, 2007, 06:44:11]

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